Thursday, July 27, 2006

Buffett and Gates: Fighting Poverty, Fighting Sex Trafficking


BILL & MELINDA GATES; WARREN BUFFETT


A number of factors contribute to sex trafficking: gender inequality, organized crime syndicates, lack of employment opportunities, lack of education for girls and women, areas ravaged by war or natural disasters and the list continues.

But the greatest contributing factor to the existence and practice of sex trafficking is poverty.

With Warren Buffett's recent $30.7 billion donation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, earmarked to fight poverty, Captive Daughters asks how will these funds eventually affect sex trafficking as a result of combating the poverty that motivates sex trafficking?

A new essay on the Captive Daughters website entitled Poverty & Sex Trafficking: How will Warren Buffett's $30.7 billion donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, earmarked to fight poverty, affect global sex trafficking, the cause of which is rooted in poverty? explores this question and the link between sex trafficking and poverty.

We want to encourage the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to address sex trafficking as they seek to fight poverty in developing nations. The link between the two is clear, and we invite you to read our new essay and to write to the Gates Foundation, asking that the link between sex trafficking and poverty be recognized and addressed.

Write to the Gates Foundation here: info@gatesfoundation.org or by mail:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dutch Courts Rejects Ban of Paedophile Party

A court in Hague decided Monday that the Amsterdam-based political party formed by paedophiles, The Brotherly, Freedom and Diversity Party (PNVD) "could not be banned as it had the same right to exist as any other party, the ANP news agency ANP said"

From a Reuters article:
The PNVD says it wants to lift the taboo on paedophilia which it said had intensified since the 1996 Marc Dutroux child abuse scandal in neighbouring Belgium.

The Netherlands, which already has liberal policies on soft drugs, prostitution and gay marriage, has been shocked by the plan. An opinion poll showed that 82 percent wanted the government to do something to stop the new party.

The party wants to allow possession of child pornography and supports broadcasting pornography on daytime television, with only violent pornography limited to the late evening.

Young children should be given sex education and youths aged 16 and up should be allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves. Sex with animals should be allowed although abuse of animals should remain illegal, it says.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Indian, Nepali Journos Pledge to Fight Sex Trafficking

ANI news reports today that Indian and Nepali journalists, in conjunction with UNIFEM, have pledged to fight sex trafficking in their respective countries by highlighting more often in the media this horrendous practice rampant in this region:
Attending a "Media Sensitisation" workshop on the problem organised by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Gorakhpur, the journalists accepted that the trafficking of women was a horrendous practice quite rampant in South Asia.

Unofficially, it has been estimated that over 700,000 South Asian women are part of this nefarious business and the UNIFEM believes that the media can highlight the concern of the victims and sow seeds of change.

"In my opinion, this particular issue cannot be sorted out by various stakeholders. Instead, a single powerful voice like the media, which is everywhere, can be helpful. We organized this seminar to correct the perception of the people that the media is insensitive towards such an issue," said Archana Tamang, member of the UNIFEM, South Asia region.

Women trafficking can be disguised as migration or commercial sex. But what starts as a journey to some unknown destination ends with drastic situation and malpractice like prostitution.

"The media persons from Nepal and India are committed to tackle the trafficking issue. Media can play a pivotal role in society by highlighting this issue and then pressurising the government by putting it in right manner. Through such means the government can be forced to implement a law soon in this regard. The co-operation between Nepal and Indian journalists is commendable. The Nepalese media received positive response from their Indian counterparts to stop this practice. A common declaration was made to form a consent among journalists here, which can be later used as guideline. Some guidelines have been formed, which we will discuss further. This is just the beginning," said Mukul Tripathi, a local journalist.

Thursday, July 6, 2006

World Cup Has Small Impact on Sex Trade



With the World Cup set to end this weekend, many employed in Germany's legal sex trade report that the expected increase in business was far less than expected as fans seemed to have soccer on their minds more than sex.

German news service Deutsch Welle reports that:
Criticized for not taking the problem of sex trade trafficking seriously enough, a new report shows there has been no marked increase in human trafficking related to the sex trade during the World Cup.

The predictions that as many as 40,000 women would be forced to work as prostitutes during the World Cup did not materialize, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Swedish development agency Sida.

"We have so far not seen any marked increase in human trafficking from eastern European countries to Germany during the World Cup," Swedish IOM spokesman Fredric Larsson told the AFP news agency.

German police confirmed that prostitution, which has been legal in Germany since 2002, did not rise considerably during the month-long soccer tournament.

"Before the World Cup there were rumors circulating about a large rush of prostitutes," Cologne city spokesman Jürgen Müllenberg said. "But neither legal nor illegal prostitution has significantly risen."
Additionally, Chinese-English news service Muzi.com reports that:
The foyer in Berlin's biggest brothel sports beer flagons shaped like soccer balls and its big screen theater showed live World Cup matches--but for all the anticipation, the tournament has not led to the huge spike in business the German sex industry had hoped for.

The news may come as a relief for those who fretted increased demand could lead to more trafficking of women forced into prostitution--and it hasn't been received all that badly at the brothels either.

Artemis, which opened in September near Berlin's Olympic stadium with an eye on World Cup business, had been expecting as many as 500 customers per day. The actual number of men has been about half that. Still, the business has been steady and--more importantly--none of the fears of soccer hooligans descending upon them has come to pass either.

"We're really happy," said manager Vanessa, who would only give her first name. "There was no stress here--all soft and easy, thank God--though it's not over yet."

New Law Allows Victims to Sue Traffickers

Yesterday, the CBS affiliate in Chicago reports that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has signed the Illinois Predator Accountability Act, which allows victims of trafficking, pimping and the sex trade to sue their abusers for civil damages, according to a release.

The law, which became effective upon the governor's signing Monday, covers only those acts perpetrated after the enactment of House Bill 1299 -- meaning the survivors who worked more than a year advocating for the new law do not personally benefit by its provisions, according to the release from the Governor's office.